Darlington Police: man driving white van allegedly trying to talk to children

Darlington Police: man driving white van allegedly trying to talk to children

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – The Darlington Police Department wants parents to review safety tips with their children following recent suspicious activity in the Oakdale Community.

Lt. Kimberly Nelson of the DPD says there was a report made of a suspicious vehicle in the area, a white van with tinted windows. She says the driver was not trying to lure in kids, but was trying to talk to them.

The driver of the van is believed to be a clean shaven, white male between the ages of 18 to 30 years old, according to the Darlington Police Department's Facebook page.

"Make yourself known that you're uncomfortable with them approaching you. You'll go ahead and you'll try to alert someone that's close to you or in the area that this is a stranger," Lt. Nelson said.

The following are safety tips from the Darlington Police Department's Facebook page:

  •  Don’t talk to strangers.
  •  Don’t take anything from strangers.
  •  Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.
  •  Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately.
  •  Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
  •  Use the buddy system, avoid walking anywhere alone.
  •  Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices.
  •  When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings.
  •  If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away.
  •  Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging  you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”
  •  Report any suspicious activity to your police department.

If you or anyone has any information regarding the recent suspicious activity, you are asked to call the Darlington Police Department at (843)-398-4026.

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